Nestled between Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains, Burlington is a haven for dogs and dog lovers. This friendly city is a mixture of good food, entertainment, and lots of outdoor fun. It’s the land of Ben & Jerry’s, Bernie Sanders, and Phish – what more could you ask for? Here are 6 dog-friendly things to do in Burlington.
1. Visit the Magic Hat Brewery
No visit to Burlington is complete without a visit to the Magic Hat Brewery. This place puts out upwards of 175,000 barrels a year! They brew five year-round beers, a bunch of seasonals, and one-off batches available only at the brewery. Go for a pint and some food, and take home a growler for later.
Location: 5 Bartlett Bay Rd
2. Play at the Dog Park
Starr Farm Dog Park is one of the best dog parks in Burlington. There are separate runs for small and large dogs, fun obstacle equipment, and they provide their own poop bags. The space is a large and open grassy area, with secure fencing around the perimeter. There’s plenty of parking, and water is available to keep pups hydrated. Make sure to visit on a cool day because there’s limited shade.
Location: Starr Farm Rd Curtis Ave
3. Shop on Church St.
Located in Downtown Burlington, Church St. is an open air mall with over 100 places to shop and dine. It’s always buzzing with activity and year-round fun. Head here to people watch, grab a bite to eat, and take in the sights and sounds. There’s even free public wifi.
Location: 2 Church St.
4. Go Swimming
Just north of Burlington is Niquette Bay State Park, a 584-acre state park that sits right on the shores of Lake Champlain. Niquette Bay is full of fun activities, like swimming, fishing, hiking, wildlife watching, and winter sports. Dogs are allowed on-leash throughout the park, and can swim off-leash at the Calm Cove area. Grab your pup for a day of swimming, hiking, and enjoying epic scenery.
Location: 274 Raymond Rd, Colchester, VT
5. Sample Some Cider
Pop over to Citizen Cider, a craft cider house not too far from Church street. They have a variety of ciders on tap, all made in house with 100% locally sourced apples. Get a flight of ciders and treat yourself to a tasting. They have everything from dry ciders to hoppy ciders, and unique flavors, with ingredients like ginger and lemon zest. We recommend their own special rosé, made with apples and either blueberry or cranberry. Yum!
Location: 316 Pine Street, Suite 114
6. Hike the Trails
There are plenty of paths and trails right within Burlington. Check out the Ethan Allen Park trails, four miles of paved and unpaved paths throughout hilly and forested area, or the dirt trails in Leddy Park, a wooded area with vast amounts of Lake Champlain shoreline. There’s also the McKenzie Park Trails, 63 acres of urban wilderness that’s a protected home for rare plants and wildlife.